Panthers Take Down the Tigers

The Samson Tigers hosted the Geneva Panthers on Friday night.

To start off the game the Panthers elected to kick, so they will be receiving the ball to start the second half. The Tigers were able to gain yardage after the return and was able to continue gaining yardage by Senior Trad Jenkins. Jenkins getting hand-offs and gaining first downs after every carry was able to get the Tigers inside the red-zone, and then finally was able to punch it in to give Samson an early touchdown. Samson was able to stop the Panthers and was able to drive down field, once again. Hayden Mccoy called his own number and was about to be in the end-zone until Kahari McReynolds was able to strip the ball and take it 98 yards for a Panthers touchdown. Two point conversion was no good.

Kahari Runs Down the field after the strip and gets a TD
Dylan runs toward the endzone for a TD

The Tigers had a 7-6 lead over the Panthers to start the second quarter. Geneva was able to stop the Tigers and drive down field. Damion Kemmerlin dropped back to pass and hit Kahari McReynolds for a touchdown. Panthers weren’t able to get the two point conversion. Samson, after a Geneva turnover, was able to give Trad Jenkins the ball and drove it in for a Tiger touchdown with 4:00 left in the half. Samson gained the 13-12 lead but Dylan Creech took the handoff and took it in for a Panthers touchdown with 1:20 left in the half. Two point conversion was good. Geneva went into halftime with a 20-13 lead over Samson.

Justin Russ catches the ball and runs into the endzone for a TD

Geneva received the ball to start the third quarter but wasn’t able to get anything going. Until, with 7:45 left in the third, Damion Kemmerlin found Justin Russ on a 25 yard touchdown pass. Dylan Creech was able to take it in for the two point conversion. Then, with 1:55 Hayden Mccoy was able to keep it and dive in for a 1 yard touchdown.

Geneva went into the fourth quarter with a 28-20 lead over Samson, but the Panthers weren’t done scoring. Kahari McReynolds, in wildcat formation, was able to keep it and punch it in for a touchdown with 8:00 minutes left in the fourth. Kahari wasn’t finished, after intercepting Mccoy’s pass and getting brought down at Geneva’s one yard line, took it 99 yards for another Panthers touchdown. Before time ran out the Tigers were able to get one more touchdown. Two point conversion was good, but wasn’t enough to give them the win over Geneva. Final score was Geneva 40-28 over Samson. The Panthers will be on the road again on Oct. 4, taking on Straughn.

Kahari runs down the field and gets pass the last couple of tigers and gets a 99yd TD

GO PANTHERS!

Unexpected Star in Geneva vs Opp Football Game

Kahari McReynolds runs in one of his seven touchdowns against the Opp Bobcats.

Kahari McReynolds, a senior for the Geneva High School Panthers, had the best game of his high school football career Friday night. The Panthers met the Bobcats from Opp, and being a rival game, this one is usually an exciting event, but Kahari decided to put on an extra special show for the hometown crown!

Overall he had seven touchdowns in the game, setting a new GHS school record for most touchdowns in a single game.

As phenomenal as his performance was, there was another team on the field that was determined not to let Kahari’s brilliance outshine their own participation in the game. And no, it wasn’t the Opp Bobcats.

Who was it you ask? Well, it was the officiating crew and the seemingly never-ending aerial bombardment of yellow penalty flags! I have emailed the Alabama High School Football Historical Society to see if this may be some record they track, but haven’t been able to find any definite stats on high school football specifically.

However, according to this CBS website:

The FBS record for most penalties in a single game is 36 between San Jose State and Fresno State in 1986. The NCAA record, as far as we can tell, is 42 in a game.

If the high school record is anything like those two, then our show-hogging officiating crew blew the record out of the water! In the first quarter, there were 35 total plays by both teams, and 8 of them had penalty flags flying. This was just shy of 23% of the plays having referee involvement.

Apparently the zebra stripes were just getting warmed up though, because in the second quarter almost 33% of the plays had yellow flags dropping faster than the Crews’ Corner viewer numbers! Out of every three plays one of them was whistled dead.

…yellow flags were dropping faster than the Crews’ Corner viewer numbers!

Coach Brent justice

After going back and watching the first half and counting, I got tired and forgot to break up the 3rd and 4th quarters, but the combined total for the second half of the game were 85 total plays, and 22 total penalties. I’m guessing the referees were tired from their first half which had 85 plays with 25 penalty interventions since their percentage dropped from 28.74% to just 25.88% in the second half.

Overall for the entire game, where were 172 plays, 125 where the boys were allowed to play, and 47 where the refs stopped the progress of the game. As you can imagine, with the clock stopping over 27% of the time, this game seemed to drag on and on, but despite all of this, the Panthers pulled out the win over their area rivals Opp, but when it came to the officiating, I’m thinking everyone in the entire stadium probably would have gotten things over a bit quicker.

I’m not saying the officiating was bad…but I will say the referees didn’t miss a single thing. Not one. Single. Thing.

“Flag Football”

On Friday September 20th, the Geneva Panthers took on the Opp Bobcats for Senior Night.

The Bobcats elected to receive the ball start of the second half. Geneva would get the ball to start off the game and when they did Senior, Kahari McReynolds, took it all the way to the end zone for a eighty-five yard kick return. Opp couldn’t get anything going in the first quarter. So the Panthers would be able to get the ball back and drive down field. Once again Kahari McReynolds calls his own number and punches it in for the Panthers to end the first quarter. Geneva tries for a two-point conversion but wasn’t able to succeed.

Kahari gets the kickoff return and runs down the field for his first TD of the game
Timothy McRenolds gets the interception and runs down the field to get a TD

Geneva led the Bobcats 12-0 to start the second quarter. Bobcats received the kickoff and drove down field. Was able to drive and get on the Panthers side of the field but Sophomore Timothy McReynolds, Kahari McReynolds brother, would intercept one of the bobcats passes and would take it all the way back for a pick six. Damion Kemmerlin was able to connect with Preston Garner to get the two-point conversion. Opp would bounce back and would complete a pass in the end-zone to finally get them on board. Kahari McReynolds would score two more times for the Panthers while the Bobcats would score two more times as well. Geneva went into half with a 36-23 lead over Opp.

Opp would come out fighting in the second half. The Bobcats received the ball to start. Then, drove down field, wasting no time, and would punch it in early for a Bobcats touchdown. After the touchdown, neither team could get anything going for a while until Kahari McReynolds would take the handoff and would get into the endzone to give himself his fifth touchdown of the night.

Kahari Dodges 9 Bobcats to get his 7th TD

In the fourth quarter, Kahari would not stop; he would score two more times and would give himself seven total touchdowns for the night. Opp would score one more time before the game ended. Geneva would take the 56-36 victory over Opp. Next game for the Panthers will be September, 27 in Samson, Al taking on the Samson Tigers.

(Last nights game might have broke the world record for total penalty flags thrown. After the fifty plus flags, everyone was starting to get confused if the players were playing contact football or “flag football” on Senior Night.)

GO PANTHERS!

Panthers suffer a tough loss from Pike County

The Geneva Panthers took on the Pike County Bulldogs on September, Friday the 13th.

Geneva High School VS Pike County Bulldogs
Geneva High School Panthers VS the Pike County Bulldogs

The ball game started of slow for both teams. Neither team could get anything going in the first quarter, as well as the second quarter. Until, with fifty-three seconds left in the half the Bulldogs finally threw a twenty-five yard pass that would be in for a touchdown, but the Panthers blocked the extra point. Geneva couldn’t score, so it allowed Pike County to have a 6-0 lead going into halftime.

Pike County received the ball to start the second half, but couldn’t get anything going. Still, the Panthers couldn’t get the ball in the end zone. Panthers drove down field and got inside the thirty but the Bulldogs intercepted one of Kahari McReyonld’s passes to give the ball back to them. The interception gave Pike County momentum to drive down field, with 2:40 left in the third, to punch it in for another Bulldog touchdown and succeeded in a two point conversion.

The Bulldogs go into the fourth quarter with a 14-0 lead over Geneva. The Panthers finally gain some momentum. With 7:16 left in the ball game, senior Dylan Creech finally finds the end zone to get the Panthers on the board.

Senior Dylan Creech puts Geneva High School on the scoreboard.
Dylan Creech scores to put Geneva on the board.

Freshman, Noah Johnson nails the extra point to now cut the lead to just one touchdown. Geneva continued to fight and was able to get the ball back. The Panthers were driving down field but turned the ball over on fourth down. Pike County would just kneel and run the clock out to give them the 14-7 victory over Geneva. Panthers will be playing the Opp Bobcats on September, 20 for Senior Night. Go Panthers!

Crews’ Corner, Episode 3

In this rousing episode of Crews’ Corner, Mr. Coach Crews sits down with Coach Floyd “Teddy” Graham, Defensive Coordinator for the Geneva Panthers.